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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin UK; New edition edition (June 3 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014031587X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140315875
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,404,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A holiday in the country takes a twist for a city girl who is a motorcycle buff in this story that won the Carnegie Medal. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Another Winner from Jan Mark Oct. 7 2004
By Rory Coker - Published on
Format: Paperback
This one does not disappoint and is even better than Mark's prize-winning THUNDER AND LIGHTNINGS. Pre-teen Erica has a secret love, motorcycles. When she is sent for "vacation" to a remote, rural area of England, in an isolated household occupied by three scarcely-human creeps, she finds her life revolving around picking and selling vegetables from the household's garden. Not much chance to see motorcycles here, presumably. But a visit to the nearest village introduces her to an "industrial park" consisting only of a seedy, muddy alley, and... a MOTORCYCLE REPAIR SHOP!

Every detail of this fine novel aimed at "young adults" rings true, the characters intended to be likeable are extremely so, and there is actually a plot of sorts, ultimately involving the creative "tatooing" of what the Brits call "vegetable marrows," which I take to be a kind of cucumber. Several of the characters, for example the owner of the motorcycle repair shop, silently bear crosses of a sort which would be crushing to the weak. Whatever your age, in reading this book you will spend a couple of hours with people you like, in realistic and interesting situations, and you will learn some important lessons about real life in the bargain.
I've enjoyed other Jan Mark books too July 8 2014
By Fiona - Published on
Format: Library Binding
I read this in my early teens and the story has still stuck with me thirty years later, mostly because of the humour of the book - the giant marrows in the garden (and for our American friends - think if a zucchini grew to the size of a halloween pumpkin, not just a little pie pumpkin) and the sign at the industrial estate saying "Heavy Plant Crossing" is an image that tends to stick with you.

I've enjoyed other Jan Mark books too, such as "Divide and Rule", which also has an overwhelming mental link for me, "The Bread of Mortification", that's also well worth reading.

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